Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Perfection. Perfection is used to describe something that is flawless. When I think of perfection, I think of AP Calculus BC, Raising Canes Texas Toast, Allen Kesinger, and so much more. Every category has its own perfect thing. In movies, it is hands down Finding Nemo. Finding Nemo is the perfect movie, and Squirt is the perfect character. In names, I think Finn is a really nice name. But I think literature takes the cake for the most perfect item: Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Jeff Kinney was born in 1971. Back then in 1971, kids were reading novels such as The Handmaid’s Tale, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Although these literary pieces are very good and have a lot of significance, the world was yet to experience the pure bliss and perfection of Jeff Kinney’s soon-to-come creation.

Come 2007. The class of 2025 was born (they are sophomores now by the way), the AP US History curriculum stops, and the most amazing book was released as well. Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a diary of a wimpy kid. Such wimpy kid is named Greg, and well, objectively speaking, he is far from wimpy. Greg is a Chad. He is smart, handsome, tall, drippy, and loves his mom!

Despite Greg being the main character, I think it is fair to say that he is only the second-best character in the book. This is because Rowley exists. If Greg is a Chad, Rowley is a giga-Chad. Rowley is smarter, more handsome, taller, drippier, and loves his mom even more than Greg could ever imagine. Solely thanks to the creation of Rowley, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney is perfection. Be like Rowley!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney is available to checkout from the Mission Viejo Library. It is also available to download for free from Libby.

Event Recap: Jeff Kinney Author Visit

Jeff_greg-620x620The Mission Viejo Library hosts many awesome events and book signings. Last year, I went to a book signing with the author Jeff Kinney.

Jeff Kinney visited Mission Viejo to debut Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck. This is the eighth book in the wildly popular series. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck is about a middle school kid named Greg Heffley, who has lately been running into some bad luck. His challenges in middle school are hard to solve, so an unsure Greg turns to a Magic 8 Ball for help. Will this solve all of his problems, or only make his troubles worse? Find out about the ups and downs of Greg’s life in Jeff Kinney’s newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book.

At the event, instead of running into “hard luck,” I came across good luck. I had the fantastic opportunity to ask Jeff Kinney a few questions. Read below to find out his answers and see if you have the same favorites as he does.

Q: What is your favorite Diary of a Wimpy Kid book?

A: Right now “Hard Luck,” because it’s stuck in my head, but my all time favorite is the first book.

Q: What’s your favorite Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie?

A: The first one.

Q: Which character are you the most like?

A: The bad side of me is most like Greg.

It was amazing to have the chance to meet and interview one of my favorite authors. At the event, they also had hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid games and fortunes. It was a blast!

To find out about other cool activities hosted by the Mission Viejo Library, go to their website at http://cityofmissionviejo.org/Library/. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what new authors and events will be here this year! Please take a moment to post a comment, and list your favorite Jeff Kinney book, and movie, and which character you are the most like!

-Alaina K., 6th grade

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Book One vs Book Eight

wimpy_kid_eventI recently went to the Jeff Kinney author signing event in Mission Viejo at the beginning of November. I got some photos, an autograph and of course the brand new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book #8: Hard Luck.

For this month’s  blog I decided to do a comparison… between two Diary of a Wimpy Kid books! Book number 1 and 8. In Book 1, Greg is stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons…. but when will his life change? He dreams of being a super famous person when he grows up. But until them…..? In this story some events happen. For example during Halloween, Greg and his best friend Rowley have a “haunted house.” Greg types out flyers saying that is starts at 3 pm. But before he knew it was already 2:30 pm and they hadn’t even started to assemble the house!!! So they had to cut many things from their original blueprint. When a kid comes in, he is too scared to leave. So they have to call Rowely’s dad, who’s not too happy…

Book One was very interesting and full of laughter.

Book Eight, Hard Luck, is a brand new book. In the story, Greg has to deal with a lot of obstacles. Rowley , his best friend thinks he is too good for Greg since he has a girlfriend, Abigail. Greg has to also avoid the “Mingo” gang. They are a group of teens who live in the woods. Greg is on the search for a new best friend; will he find one? Or will he be forever alone?

Book One, I think, was better because of its humor. Greg had many funny adventures in it. It always made me want to read it over and over. I think i have read it almost six times already. Book Eight is good but it is a little bit more serious. Don’t get me wrong- Book Eight is good and you should definitely get it- but I like Book One better.

These two books are in a series which O recommend from ages 8-15 years, boy or girl.

-Satej B., 7th grade

Book Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, by Jeff Kinney

cabin_fever_coverLet me start off by saying I absolutely love how Jeff Kinney writes his stories! He is funny and always makes me want to read his book again and again. Cabin Fever, another of Jeff’s novels, is riveting and hilarious.

Greg Heffley is a boy who goes to Westmore Middle School. Greg is always looking for shortcuts in his life. Whether it’s money or school, he is always looking for the easy way out. Greg is always looking for ways to earn money and one day while it snows he strikes an idea. But the problem is, can he strike the customers?

He opens up a snow shoveling business. Greg goes around his neighborhood looking for jobs. He finally gets one when a guy agrees with is job. He starts to shovel the driveway doing his best job but it just seems that more and more snow is coming down. After a “short” break he finds an idea that will make him a millionaire- the only thing left is to test it out. A snow mower! He goes to his grandma’s and quickly uses her mower to find out it works great… until it freezes out! Will he ever get rid of the snow and get paid?

I would recommend this book to anyone who is 9 and up. It is really, really, really funny!

-Satej B., 7th grade